General Yakubu Gowon Biography And Achievement

General Gowon served as Nigeria’s Head of State from 1966 to 1975, when he was overthrown.
Yakubu Gowon profile summary
Full name: Yakubu Jack Gowon
Date of birth:
19th October 1934
Place of birth:
Pankshin, Nigeria
age: 86 years
Nationality: Nigerian
Ethnicity: Black
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Victoria Zakari Gowon
Profession: Politician, political scientist
Father:Nde Yohanna

General Yakubu Gowon was born on 19th October 1934 in Pankshin, Nigeria. Yakubu Gowon family lived in a small village near the present-day Kanke Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Military service
Allegiance🇳🇬 Nigeria
Branch/serviceNigerian Army
Years of service1954–1975
Battles/warsCongo crises
Nigerian civil war
3rd Head of State of Nigeria
In office
1 August 1966 – 29 July 1975
Preceded by
Johnson Aguiyi Ironsi
Succeeded by
Murtala Mohammed
Chief of Army Staff
In office
January 1966 – July 1966
Preceded by
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
Achieved by
Joseph Akahan
Personal details

Achievements of General Yakubu Gowon

He is the founder of Nigeria Prays, a movement of sorts, with the believe in and penchant for praying for the Nigerian nation

He is also involved in the Guinea Worm Eradication Programme as well as the HIV Programme with Global Fund of Geneva

General Yakubu Gowon created twelve states out of the four regions that existed at that time appointing a governor to head them.

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